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The Space Museum 

The TARDIS arrives on a planet that has been turned into a space museum but the Doctor and his friends are puzzled when they find themselves out of phase with their surroundings.

Director:

Mervyn Pinfield

Writer:

Glyn Jones
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Episode complete credited cast:
William Hartnell ... Dr. Who
William Russell ... Ian Chesterton
Jacqueline Hill ... Barbara Wright
Maureen O'Brien ... Vicki
Peter Sanders Peter Sanders ... Sita
Peter Craze Peter Craze ... Dako
Bill Starkey Bill Starkey ... Third Xeron
Lawrence Dean Lawrence Dean ... Morok Guard
Ken Norris Ken Norris ... Morok Guard
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The TARDIS arrives on a planet that has been turned into a space museum but the Doctor and his friends are puzzled when they find themselves out of phase with their surroundings.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 1965 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first story to deal with the dimensions of time as well as space. While it presented many original science fiction elements, it still retained the elements of a typical story of the era. See more »

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After leaving the TARDIS, Vicki's shadow is cast against the distance mountains, which are evidently painted on a backcloth. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Who: Well, mow, I think you two must admit that my assumption as to where we are, has been proved correct.
Ian Chesterton: Yes. We might almost be in a museum at home.
Vicki: Except there are no little men following you about, telling you not to touch things.
Dr. Who: Well, you just pretend they are young lady, and keep your hands to yourself.
Barbara Wright: Well, everything seems quite normal.
Dr. Who: Well, why not? Why shouldn't it be? It's quite natural. After all, you have objects of historial interest on Earth, so why not a museum in space? I ...
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Featured in Last Stop White City (2010) See more »

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Space Agitato
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Composed by Eric Siday
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The Space Museum
19 July 2008 | by ametaphysicalsharkSee all my reviews

"The Space Museum", according to the consensus fandom has reached, is a story that starts wonderfully with an imaginative and thrilling first episode but by the second episode becomes an uninspired pulp adventure with two exceedingly boring alien races as the focus.

I beg to differ. Episode 2 of "The Space Museum" not only surpasses the first but is a classic, memorable episode of "Doctor Who". There are so many great moments here: Barbara's cardigan, The Doctor hiding inside a Dalek shell, some great lines, the interrogation scene... Just an incredibly enjoyable, humorous way to spend 25 minutes.

After that, the fandom consensus turns out to be true. Episodes three and four are really quite boring (although too harmless to ever be terrible), with far too much emphasis being put on the remarkably unoriginal plot that turns out to be what the story is all about (you know, when the first two episodes present an interesting time travel dilemma for the TARDIS crew to solve, you kind of expect more than another 'The Doctor helps an enslaved race' story). Still, there are some great moments even in this episodes, such as when The Doctor poses the question of whether they have changed the future as they planned or if they're just doing what they were meant to do. Ian's response is hysterical, as he looks helplessly at the Doctor and says: 'Well, I got you out of that thing!". The GREAT ending to Episode 4 is probably among the best cliffhangers ever on "Doctor Who" (and just might be THE best cliffhanger leading into a separate story), and comes completely unexpected.

This is Glyn Jones' only "Doctor Who" script and although most would disagree I would have liked to see him write another story as this one, while by no means great, worked wonderfully well as a script in certain places. The direction here is erratic but tolerable, and the music merits special mention as it is really quite good.

Overall I think "The Space Museum" turns out pretty good as a whole. It's a wonderful setup episode followed by an incredibly fun romp in the next episode, only to fall short of its potential in the final episodes. I can understand how the last two episodes could leave a bad taste in one's mouth but ultimately half of this story is so enjoyable that it makes for good viewing, even if the other half is disappointing.

Episode 1: 8/10, Episode 2: 9/10, Episode 3: 5/10, Episode 4: 5/10.

Average: 6.75/10


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